3 Better Methods to Install SCCM Console on Windows 11

In this article, I will show you three different methods to install SCCM console on Windows 11 computer. You can install and run Configuration Manager console on Windows 11.

SCCM administrators use the Configuration Manager console to manage the Configuration Manager environment.

By installing the SCCM console on Windows 11 computer, you can connect to the Configuration Manager site and manage it remotely. It also solves the requirement of users logging in to the ConfigMgr site server.

Using the Configuration Manager console installed on a remote Windows 11 PC, you can either connect to a central administration site or a primary site. However you cannot connect a Configuration Manager console to a secondary site.

Why do you need SCCM console Installed on Windows 11 PC?

If are logging in to a domain-joined Windows 11 computer, and you primarily manage Configuration Manager, you need the SCCM console. Without the ConfigMgr console, you have to log in to ConfigMgr server and perform the administrative tasks.

When you have a team who regularly use SCCM console to perform daily tasks, it is not recommended using the console installed on site server. Rather I would advise IT guys to install the SCCM console on their laptops.

Methods to Install SCCM Admin Console on Windows 11

On Windows 11 computer, you can use any of the 3 methods to install SCCM admin console.

  1. Install SCCM console using Configuration Manager Setup Wizard (You need a baseline media)
  2. Install ConfigMgr console on Windows 11 using ConsoleSetup
  3. Using command prompt, install Configuration Manager console on Windows 11

All the above methods involve manual installation of SCCM console on computers running Windows 11. If you want to avoid installing the ConfigMgr console manually, you can automate the SCCM console deployment.

The same console installation methods should be used when you want to install SCCM console on Windows 10 computers.

Prerequisites for Installing ConfigMgr Console

  • You must install the Configuration Manager consoles on supported operating system. For example, Windows 10 and Windows 11 are surely supported for SCCM console installation.
  • The account must have local Administrator rights on the target computer for the console installation.
  • You should have Read permissions to the location of the console installation files.
  • If the console setup files are placed in a shared folder, the installation process becomes simple and easy. With same setup files, you can also repair SCCM console.
  • After you install the SCCM console, your account should have permissions to connect to Configuration Manager site.

.NET version requirements for installing SCCM console

Starting in version 2107, the ConfigMgr console requires Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.6.2, but Microsoft recommends installing version 4.8.

If you install the console on other devices, make sure to update .NET. If the device doesn’t already have it, the console setup doesn’t install this prerequisite.

Where is the SCCM Console Installer located?

If you are manually installing the SCCM console on Windows 11 computer, the SCCM console installer is available at two locations :-

  1. You find the console setup on Configuration Manager Install path\Tools\ConsoleSetup.
  2. If you have the SCCM setup media, you should find the console setup files in ConfigMgrMedia\SMSSETUP\BIN\I386.
  3. You can browse to either of the above location and grab the SCCM console install files.

I recommend copying the entire console setup folder to a shared folder on SCCM server. This can be used while installing the console on Windows 11 computers.

Don’t install the console using the CD.Latest source files. It’s an unsupported scenario, and may cause problems with the console installation.

Method 1 – Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using Setup Wizard

  • On Windows 11 computer, mount the ConfigMgr baseline media.
  • From the SCCM installation Media, launch the splash.hta.
  • Under Tools and Standalone components, click Install Configuration Manager console.
Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using Setup Wizard
Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using Setup Wizard

The Configuration Manager Console Setup wizard will install the SCCM console. Click Next.

Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using Setup Wizard
Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using Setup Wizard

Specify the site server name. Click Next.

Specify Site Server Name
Specify Site Server Name

By default, the Configuration Manager console installs in the following location.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Endpoint Manager\AdminConsole\

Click Next.

Default SCCM Console Install Location
Default SCCM Console Install Location

On Ready to Install window, click Install.

Install Configuration Manager Console
Install Configuration Manager Console

The SCCM console now installs on Windows 11 computer. Click Finish.

Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using Setup Wizard
Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using Setup Wizard

If you have installed an older version of Configuration Manager console, upon launching the console, you see the console upgrade window. Click OK and proceed with the console upgrade.

You must always use the latest version of Configuration Manager console.

Method 2 – Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using ConsoleSetup

In this method, we will install SCCM console on Windows 11 computer using the ConsoleSetup.exe. The installation steps are pretty much same as covered in Method 1.

In earlier versions of SCCM, we only used consolesetup.exe to package and deploy the console. However starting with SCCM version 1902, you need all the below files to install the console properly.

  • ConsoleSetup.exe
  • AdminConsole.msi
  • ConfigMgr.AC_Extension.i386.cab
  • ConfigMgr.AC_Extension.amd64.cab

The Console Setup files are located here – <ConfigMgr site server installation path>\Tools\ConsoleSetup

Copy entire ConsoleSetup folder on Windows 11 machine. Right-click ConsoleSetup and Run as administrator.

Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using ConsoleSetup
Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using ConsoleSetup

On the Configuration Manager Console Setup window, click Install. Follow the same steps described in method 1 to install the console on Windows 11.

Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using ConsoleSetup
Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 Using ConsoleSetup

Method 3 – Install SCCM Console via Windows 11 CMD

You can silently install the ConfigMgr console on Windows 11 using CMD.

  • Run the command prompt as administrator.
  • Change the path to console setup folder
  • Run the below command to install the SCCM console.
  • Ensure you enter the correct server name in the command.
ConsoleSetup.exe /q TargetDir="%ProgramFiles%\ConfigMgr Console" DefaultSiteServerName=MyServer.Contoso.com

The above command installs the SCCM console silently on Windows 11 computer.

Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 using CMD
Install SCCM Console on Windows 11 using CMD

Troubleshooting SCCM Console Installation on Windows 11

When you install the SCCM console on Windows 11 computer, in case the installation fails, you can use the admin console log files for troubleshooting.

Here is a table that includes info about Configuration Manager Console log files.

Log NameDescriptionLocation of Log File
ConfigMgrAdminUISetup.logRecords the installation of the Configuration Manager console.Computer that runs the Configuration Manager console
SmsAdminUI.logRecords information about the operation of the Configuration Manager console.Computer that runs the Configuration Manager console
Smsprov.logRecords activities performed by the SMS Provider. Configuration Manager console activities use the SMS Provider.Site server or site system server
Troubleshooting SCCM Console Installation on Windows 11

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